Hoarding has become a trending topic thanks to popular television shows and other media. Unfortunately, this has led to negative, hurtful words regarding people struggling with hoarding behaviors. We feel it’s important to challenge this stigma and support those who are brave in seeking help.
Our goal is to provide a therapeutic approach that is supportive, paced appropriately, and allows you complete control during treatment. We commit to helping you gain the respect you deserve and regain a feeling of empowerment and hope.
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The persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions regardless of their “actual” value. This difficulty is due to the perceived need to save items to avoid the distress of discarding them, resulting in an accumulation of possessions that compromise living areas thus causing impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
Buried In Treasures (BIT) Workshop
16-week program that involves peer support as well as resources and support for group participants
Fortunately, more and more research studies are being done on how to effectively treat hoarding disorder. In addition to being actively involved with the Multnomah County Hoarding Task Force, the NW Anxiety Institute offers several evidence-based treatment options:
As an active steering committee member of the Multnomah County Hoarding task force, Allison Bonifay has considerable experience treating hoarding disorder and educating others on how to view and treat hoarding behaviors from a mental health perspective. Both Allison Bonifay and Kevin Ashworth have provided multiple trainings and presentations on hoarding. Audiences have included: Multnomah, Columbia, Washington, and Clackamas County DHS service providers, in-home service providers from Portland Metro non-profit organizations, individuals from the City of Portland Fire Department, Police Department, and representatives from various housing authorities. They have spoken at local and national scientific conferences on the topic and actively consult with and train fellow clinicians.
Working With Parents
Our team has extensive experience working with children and teens. But we believe working with parents is equally, if not more, important. We educate parents on understanding anxiety and recognizing the difference between anxiety and stress. We also help with identifying well-intentioned behaviors that may be maintaining your child’s anxiety. Most importantly, we train parents on active listening enhancement and using empathy to build stronger problem-solving skills.
Hoarding disorder in children can be difficult to pin down. You may feel your child just gets overly attached to their possessions. You may wonder if they’re sentimental or if their behaviors are indicative of something problematic. Below are symptoms that may point towards a hoarding disorder in your child: